WEATHER: ‘Excessive Heat Watch’ Issued; City to Open Cooling Center


The National Weather Service issued an “Excessive Heat Watch” statement for this Thursday – Friday (Aug. 16-17), warning residents that temperatures may reach the mid-90s on both days.

To cope with the heat, the City of SeaTac announced that it will be extending the hours of the air-conditioned Community Center/Senior Center, located at 13735 24th Avenue S. (206.973.4680):

  • Thursday, August 16: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 17, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

“The lobby has tables and chairs, computer games for children, and television,” reads the city’s announcement.

Here’s the full weather warning:

HOT WEATHER THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.

…EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING…

* TIMING…THE INTERIOR OF WESTERN WASHINGTON WILL HAVE HIGH TEMPERATURES WELL INTO THE 90S BOTH THURSDAY AND FRIDAY AFTERNOONS.

* TEMPERATURE…HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST TO REACH THE LOW TO MID 90S BOTH DAYS IN THE SEATTLE AREA…WITH MID TO UPPER 90S POSSIBLE IN SOUTHERN AREAS. NIGHTTIME LOW TEMPERATURES ARE ONLY EXPECTED TO DROP BELOW 70 DEGREES FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS IN THE URBAN AREAS.

* IMPACTS…THURSDAY AND FRIDAY ARE LIKELY TO BE AMONG THE HOTTEST DAYS OF THE YEAR.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

Here’s the 7-day forecast:

  • This Afternoon Sunny, with a high near 87. North wind around 11 mph.
    Tonight Clear, with a low around 62. North wind 7 to 11 mph.
  • Thursday Sunny, with a high near 93. North northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.
    Thursday Night Clear, with a low around 64. North wind 5 to 8 mph.
  • Friday Sunny, with a high near 95. Calm wind.
    Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 63.
  • Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 85.
    Saturday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.
  • Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 75.
    Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.
  • Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.
    Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.
  • Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

When outside temperatures are very high, the danger for heat-related illnesses rises.

Older adults, young children, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at particularly high risk, as are pets.

Public Health – Seattle & King County has provided the following public information:

Stay cool:

  • Spend more time in air conditioned places. If you don’t have air conditioning, consider visiting a mall, movie theatre, or other cool public places.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
  • Dress in lightweight clothing.
  • Check up on your elderly neighbors and relatives and encourage them to take these precautions, too.

Drink liquids:

  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body.
  • Have a beverage with you as much as possible, and sip or drink frequently. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

If you go outside:

  • Limit the time you’re in direct sunlight.
  • Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down.
  • Avoid or reduce doing activities that are tiring, or take a lot of energy.
  • Do outdoor activities in the cooler morning and evening hours.

Avoid sunburn.

  • Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating. More tips in English, Spanish, Chinese Vietnamese, Russian and Korea are available on our Beat the Heat webpage at www.kingcounty.gov/health/beattheheat.aspx

Water safety:

  • Some people turn to local rivers to cool off, but drowning is a real concern. Please use caution and wear a personal flotation device (PFD) on the water (more info here: http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/injury/water/pfd.aspx).
  • If you want to swim, choose a safer location – visit a local pool or a beach with lifeguards instead.

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